The Rare Map Collections

The Mark F. Boyd Collection

Mark F. Boyd was a medical doctor who conducted extensive research in the area of tropical medicine. He was also interested in Florida history, including the Spanish settlements and Native American groups. After retirement, Dr. Boyd continued to pursue his interest in history, dedicating his time to the study, research, and writing of Florida history and to the acquisition of maps and material to support these research endeavors.

The Library acquired Boyd's personal library which included books, pamphlets, prints, and more than 1,200 maps and charts. The breadth and depth of the collection reflect Boyd's interest in Florida history, early settlements, and discovery of the New World. Some of the maps are photostats of originals in the Archivo de Indias in Seville, Spain, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and other sources.

Among the maps in this collection are surveys executed by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey which documented different areas of the Florida peninsula, including the 1890 "St. Johns River from its Entrance to Jacksonville, Florida," and the 1857 "Preliminary Chart of the Entrance to Pensacola Bay, Florida."

The Collection also contains several plans of forts built throughout Florida such as a "Sketch of Fort Pickens, Florida," by Lt. Langdon, 1861; "Plano del Fuerte de Sn. Marcos de Apalache" by Juan Maria Perchet, 1794; "Plan and Section of the Upper and Lower Batteries Laid Out and Begun Building 5th March 1771, for Protecting the Harbour of Pensacola," circa 1763.

John Drayton.
Florida. [1827?].
France. Depot des cartes et plans de la marine.
Carte reduite des cotes et de l'interieur de la Presq'ile de la Floride ... 1780. Color.
Thomas Kitchin.
Map of the Province of West Florida [1781]
Henry Schenck Tanner.
Florida. [1836].
Henry Schenck Tanner.
Map of Florida.[1825].
James Hamilton Young.
Map of Florida, according to the latest authorities. 1826.
Thomas Jefferys.
Plan of Amelia Island in East Florida. [177-].
Outlined in color.
James C. Clapp.
City of Keywest (Florida). [18--].
Color view.